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  James De Wolf (1764-1837) — of Bristol, Bristol County, R.I. Born in Bristol, Bristol County, R.I., March 18, 1764. Democrat. Slave trader; built an early cotton mill; manufacturer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1800; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1819-21; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1821-27. Slaveowner. Died in New York, New York County, N.Y., December 21, 1837 (age 73 years, 278 days). Original interment at De Wolf Family Cemetery, Bristol, R.I.; reinterment at Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of Mark A. De Wolf and Abigail (Porter) De Wolf; married to Nancy Bradford (1770-1838; daughter of William Bradford); grandfather of James DeWolf Perry (1815-1876); great-granduncle of LeBaron Bradford Colt.
  Political families: Butler-Perry-Belmont-Slidell family of Edgefield, South Carolina; Bradford-DeWolf-Butler-Perry family of Bristol, Rhode Island (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  The World War II Liberty ship SS James De Wolf (built 1942-43 at Providence, Rhode Island; scrapped 1961) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) — also known as "Wizard of the Saddle" — of Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. Born near Chapel Hill, Bedford County (now Marshall County), Tenn., July 13, 1821. Democrat. Cotton planter; slave trader; general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; in April 1864, after the Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Confederate troops under his command massacred African-American Union soldiers, not accepting them as prisoners, since the Confederacy refused to recognize ex-slaves as legitimate combatants; this event, seen as a war crime, sparked outrage across the North, and a congressional inquiry; in 1867, he became involved in the Ku Klux Klan and was elected Grand Wizard; the organization used violent tactics to intimidate Black voters and suppress their votes; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1868; in 1869, he had a change of heart, and issued a letter ordering that the Klan be dissolved and its costumes destroyed; he went on to denounce the group and its crimes; in 1875, he gave a "friendly speech" to a meeting of an African-American organization in Memphis, calling for peace, harmony, and economic advancement of former slaves; for this speech, he was vehemently denounced in the Southern press. English ancestry. Member, Ku Klux Klan. After his death, he became a folk hero among white Southerners, particularly during the imposition of Jim Crow segregation laws in the early 20th century, and later, in reaction to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Slaveowner. Died, from complications of diabetes, in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn., October 29, 1877 (age 56 years, 108 days). Original interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.; reinterment in 1904 at Health Sciences Park, Memphis, Tenn.; memorial monument at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, Ga.; memorial monument at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, Ala.
  Relatives: Son of William B. Forrest (1801-1837) and Miriam (Beck) Forrest (1802-1867); married 1845 to Mary Ann Montgomery (1826-1893).
  Forrest County, Miss. is named for him.
  The city of Forrest City, Arkansas, is named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS Nathan B. Forrest (built 1943 at Panama City, Florida; scrapped 1973) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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